The key to intelligent integration and control in hotels

Vidar Thomassen, Director, Zennio, delves deeper into how the company exploits the power of the KNX standard to enable seamless communication between different systems and devices within a hotel building…

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In the fast evolving hotel design industry, the implementation of automation systems has brought a revolution in the way we interact with spaces and services.

The quest for efficient intelligent integration and control has led to the emergence of the KNX standard as a fundamental element in this domain. By offering a centralised and integrated control system known as the Guest Room Management System (GRMS), Zennio transforms the way hotels manage and control their operations.

Close up of room control system

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The KNX standard serves as a communication protocol that seamlessly connects various elements within a hotel, including lighting, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), access control, energy management, and more. Zennio’s expertise focuses on managing and integrating these diverse systems into a single, centrally controlled GRMS. By doing so, they empower hotels to adopt a great approach to managing and controlling their operations, eliminating the need for separate control interfaces for each system. This consolidation simplifies the overall management process and enhances efficiency.

One of the standout advantages of the KNX standard is its exceptional ability to achieve interoperability between different systems. In practical terms, this means that devices from various manufacturers can intercommunicate and work seamlessly together, irrespective of their individual specifications. This level of interoperability provides hotel owners and operators with the freedom to select devices and systems that best suit their unique needs, without being locked into a specific vendor or technology. And Zennio ensures compatibility, promoting flexibility and choice for hotels.

Flexibility and adaptability are further reinforced by the KNX standard’s scalability. Zennio’s automation solution is specifically designed to accommodate expansion and adaptation over time. As hotels evolve and their needs change, new devices and functionalities can be easily added to the existing system. This scalability ensures that the automation system can grow alongside the establishment, catering to the evolving requirements of the hotel. Owners and operators can customise and tailor the functionality of the system to match the specific needs of each project, allowing for optimal performance and efficiency.

By connecting all systems and devices in a hotel to a centralized management and control platform, Zennio empowers owners and operators with complete control over every aspect of room or área automation within the building. Through a user-friendly interface, authorized personnel can easily monitor and manage these systems, ensuring optimal guest experiences, operational efficiency, and sustainability. The ability to have a comprehensive view and control of the entire hotel automation system enhances decision-making and improves overall operational performance.

In addition to centralized control, Zennio’s automation system leverages sensors and actuators to collect real-time data and automatically adjust environmental parameters such as lighting and temperature. This intelligent control capability optimises guest comfort and energy efficiency, further enhancing the overall guest experience. For example, the system can detect occupancy in a room and adjust the lighting and temperature accordingly, creating a personalized and comfortable environment for guests. This level of automation reduces the need
for manual intervention, streamlines operations, and improves resource management.

A room controller either side of bathroom and bedroom in hotel room

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Moreover, the owner can use de GRMS data to improve his operation. They are now able to read their efficiency attending the “Make up room” demands from guests, knowing when the guests make their request and when this request is attended by the cleaning service. Or they can know if average guest temperature setpoint in the rooms is lower or higher than expected, so the hotel can reduce the energy waste in the engine room lowering the consumption.

In conclusion, the Zennio hospitality solution, built on the foundation of the KNX standard, emerges as the key to achieving efficient intelligent integration and control in hotels. The interoperability and flexibility afforded by the KNX standard enable the seamless integration of diverse devices and systems into a centralized platform. Zennio’s focus on intelligent control and adaptability empowers owners and operators to create customised, efficient, and secure environments that attend to the unique requirements of each hotel. By embracing the power of automation and intelligent integration, hotels can elevate the guest experience, drive operational efficiency, and contribute to a sustainable future.

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